Anthony M. Esolen is the keynote speaker for the Mass Citizens Annual Dinner on Friday, September 18. Professor Esolen is a professor of English literature and one of the team-teachers of Providence College's Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum. He is a translator of classic works, as well as a writer for magazines like the Claremont Review and Touchstone, of which he is a senior editor. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. He also writes a monthly column for the Inside Catholic Website. He is the author of several books including the best-selling Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.
In his book, Mr. Esolen addresses prevailing assumptions that attack Western civilization and blame it for today's global problems. In his speech as in his book, he introduces you to the significant events, individuals, nations, ideas, and artistic achievements that make our culture, society and civilization the greatest the world has ever known. He also places this knowledge and these things in a historical context that completes the story of legal abortion. Professor Esolen tackles complex topics and presents them in an very understandable manner with his delightful wit.
As part of the evening's festivities we have an opportunity to recognize fellow Massachusetts citizens who work tirelessly to defend life. This year two state level awards are being given. The first award named in remembrance of Ignatius O'Connor is being awarded to Mrs. Marian Desrosiers, Director of the Pro-Life Apostolate of the Fall River Diocese for her outstanding contribution to the Pro-Life movement.
In the fall of 2008, Marian developed a Power-Point presentation about the hidden truths behind the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) that was being submitted to Congress. This presentation has been distributed and used in states from the east coast to the Islands of Hawaii to help educate people on the dangers of the bill.
Marian speaks to middle school and high-school age groups about abstinence and chastity. Her presentations paint a clear picture of the truth intertwined with the facts of science and the teaching of her Catholic faith. Marian reaches youngsters to oldsters with compelling real life scenarios that allow each person to understand the necessity to proudly defend all life in this age of relativism.
She is an active member of "Life-Athletes" which has over 300 professional and Olympic athletes dedicated to spreading messages of virtue, abstinence and respect for life. She has helped develop their curriculum "See, I Make All Things New" which is being used by dioceses throughout the country. Marian was involved in the "Book of the Innocents" which was authorized for publication in 2003 by the Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a post-abortion healing resource.
Each year Marian's Apostolate coordinates the Fall River Diocesan effort to support the MCFL Walk to Aid Mothers and Children that is held in Boston, as well as the annual trip to Washington, DC for the March for Life. To all of her Pro-Life endeavors, Marian brings her personal experience as a wife, a mother of six children, and grandmother of four.
This year MCFL is introducing a new state award in memory of Dr. Joseph Stanton. The award will be presented to Representative Elizabeth Poirer and her husband Kevin.
This dinner marks the fifth year that MCFL started to recognize individuals and groups whom we considered as our every day heroes that support our chapters and their mission to defend all life from conception to natural death. It is these wonderful people who make Massachusetts Citizens for Life so successful. There are two awards. The first Local Chapter Service Award recognizes individual members of a chapter who have gone above the level of expected dedication. This year's winners are: Mrs. Clare Donohoe from the Margaret O'Hare West Roxbury/Roslindale Chapter Mr. Don Golden from the Long Meadow Chapter, Mrs. Madeline Lavoie from the Greater Fall River Chapter and Mr. James Loughman from the North Adams Chapter.
The second award is the Pro-Life Community Award. This award is given to a member or organization of the community who through their efforts have greatly supported the Chapter's mission. MCFL is proud to announce the following winners: Eleanor McCullen nominated by the Newton Chapter, Msgr. Francis McGann nominated by the Needham Chapter, Mrs Patricia Stebbins nominated by the Cape Cod Chapter and the Watertown K. of C. Charitable Trust nominated by the Margaret O'Hare West Roxbury/Roslindale Chapter.
Reservations for the dinner can be made calling the MCFL office at 617 242-4199 or visit our website masscitizensforlife.org. The dinner is on Friday September 18 at the Lantana Restaurant in Randolph. Tickets are $50.00 and dinner choices are Chicken Piccata and Boston Baked Cod. As part of the evening's festivities we will have a silent auction. Social hour begins sharp at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00.
We hope to see you there!